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Vegan Tacos With Raw Walnut Meat

Your friends and family are sure to love these vegan tacos. They might be a little skeptical at first when you tell them the ingredients, but maybe you just let them try it out first. Everyone will be so amazed at how much it even looks like taco meat.

Not only can you brag about how tasty the tacos are, but you can also explain how healthy they are! If you’re vegan, vegetarian, keto, or just trying something new, these walnut meat tacos are great for anyone. This recipe is:

  • Sweet
  • Spicy
  • Smokey
  • Protein Packed
  • Heathy, with healthy Fats and Omegas.

One bite of these flavors, and it will surely be a trip down memory lane. Your long love for that classic taco taste is fulfilled with this vegan taco meat. Not only does it taste delicious but it’s ready to eat in less than 20 minutes.

So what is the secret ingredient?  Walnuts. 

Don’t these photos look amazing?

Many of you may think of walnuts and just think about walnut brownies, or walnut desserts.  But in this recipe, walnuts are the star of the main entree.  This nut “meat” is super quick and easy to make.  Not to mention that it is loaded with nutrients and health benefits.  This sweet and smokey walnut crumble is the perfect raw ingredient. 

Packaged Meat Alternatives

While we do love our meat alternatives from time to time, there’s nothing better than making your own “meat” at home in 5 minutes. That is super quick! Most raw food recipes require many ingredients and take lots of labor to make. This raw vegan recipe needs no dehydration time, no fermentation, and no tedious fruit or vegetable processing.

That’s not to say we don’t enjoy and appreciate recipes that utilize time as an ingredient. But sometimes more often than not quick and easy is the way to go. We actually made this recipe for a dinner party the other night. Our friends were totally surprised and amazed because it actually looked like taco meat.

We do our best to avoid heavily processed foods, mostly because of the low nutritional content, preservatives and multiple ingredients we’ve never heard of before. Since this recipe is raw, all nutrients are intact, and no preservatives are involved. And let’s face it, fresh, is always best.

This healthy vegan recipe will be sure to fill you up as well. With high amounts of protein and fat in the walnut taco meat, you may even dare call these: “Raw vegan keto tacos”.

Don’t worry about the traditional couch lock feeling after a greasy plate of tacos because these tacos will leave you feeling energized and refreshed.

Health Benefits of Walnuts

Plant based foods have also long been associated with reduction in health risks. Walnuts are no exception to that list.

Walnuts are one of the oldest tree foods known to man dating back to 7000BC. They are a round single seeded stone fruit that comes from a tree. Beneath the husk of a walnut fruit is a wrinkly globe shaped nut. This nut is then split into two flat segments.

Walnut trees are native to eastern North America, but are commonly grown in China, Iran, and in United States in areas such as California and Arizona. California alone accounts for the majority of the United States production and distribution of walnuts.

Maybe you’ve noticed but walnuts kinda look like a brain. As it turns out they are very beneficial to the brain. Coincidence? Apart from brain function, there are many health benefits of walnuts. Some of the major benefits of walnuts include:

  • Nutrient Rich
  • Healthy Fats
  • Improve Heart Health
  • Help Reduce Blood Pressure
  • Benefit Overall Brain Health
  • Breast Cancer Protection
  • Weight Regulation
  • Improve Male Fertility

Walnuts are also a good source of things like:

Walnuts are high in the healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids. in addition to being a good source of protein.

Walnuts are actually being studied more and more. There’s so much interest in this one nut that for the past 50 years scientists and industry experts have gathered annually at the University of California, Davis, for a walnut conference discussing the latest walnut health research. They usually study the English variety, which is also the most commonly available.

The other most common variety of walnuts is the black walnut. Most of walnut productions come from China. Following in order from greatest to least production is the United States, Iran, Turkey, and the rest of the world.

Walnut Meat as a Ground Beef Substitute

Although this we used this walnut meat for tacos, feel free to add this recipe as a substitute for anything with ground beef! You might not be able to smash this nut into a patty, a vegan meatloaf, or some meatballs, this method works well for when you just need a crumbly substitute.

Obviously it’s not real meat, but some walnuts, a date, and a couple of spices it sure comes close!

In addition, it is also possible to change up the seasonings to better suit other global cuisines. For example, use the same method to make the walnut meat but for an Indian twist maybe add some turmeric, coriander, paprika, ginger and garam masala.

For more of an Italian flavor try Italian seasoning, oregano, sage, basil and sun dried tomatoes. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Other ways to use walnut meat, include:

  • Tacos
  • Burritos
  • Chili 
  • Quesadillas 
  • Taco salads
  • Salads 
  • Nachos
  • Pasta
  • Stuffed peppers 

Easy Plant-Based Substitutions

Trying to veganize your tacos? Heres some ideas.

  • Swap the cheese for nutritional yeast, cashew cream, shredded veggies like julienne peppers, red onion, or even just extra salsa.
  • Swap sour cream for cashew sour cream.
  • Swap flour and lard tortillas for a romaine lettuce leaf, purple cabbage leaf, yellow or blue corn tortillas. We came up with an amazing homemade flour tortilla recipe without the lard.

Vegan Taco Extras

Some amazing things we like to put on our raw vegan tacos include:

  • Cashew Sour Cream
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Red Onion
  • Cilantro
  • Hot Sauce
  • Mushrooms
  • Vegan Cheese
  • Cashew lime crema
  • Pickled Jalapenos
  • Habaneros
  • Avocado
  • Guacamole

And the list goes on.

Let us be the first to tell you, it is out of this world. Cheers to a whole food life!

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Luna & Nate

Vegan Tacos With Raw Walnut Meat

Recipe by Cooking Up Vegan Course: Main EntreeCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Total time

20

minutes

Your friends and family are sure to love these vegan tacos. They might be a little skeptical at first when you tell them the ingredients, but everyone will be so amazed. It even looks like taco meat. Not only can you brag about how tasty the tacos are, but you can also explain how healthy they are!

Ingredients

  • Walnut Taco Meat
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder

  • 1 tsp Smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp Cumin powder

  • 1/4 tsp Coriander powder

  • 1/4 tsp Chili powder

  • 1/4 tsp Salt

  • 1 cup Walnuts, raw, soaked

  • 1 whole Dates, pitted and soaked

  • Quick Cashew Sour Cream
  • 1 Cups Water

  • 2 Cups Cashews, soaked

  • 1 1/2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 tsp Salt

  • Taco extras
  • 6 Leaves Romaine lettuce

  • 1 Medium Tomato, diced

  • 1 Bunch Cilantro, chopped

  • 1 Whole Peppers, diced

  • 1/4 Small Red onion, chopped

Directions

  • Walnut Taco Meat
  • Add all the walnut meat ingredients into a high speed blender.
  • Pulse until a taco meat consistency.
  • Add into a bowl and set aside.
  • Clean out the blender.
  • Quick cashew sour cream
  • Add all ingredients into the blender and blend till smooth. If needed, add more water.
  • Pour into a container and set aside.
  • Assemble tacos
  • Add the walnut meat to the middle of a leaf of romaine.
  • Next, add the cashew sour cream.
  • Then add the taco extras. Buen provecho

Notes

  • While our recipe is raw, meaning no cooking/ heating was used. This walnut meat recipe can also be baked and sauteed. 

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Nutrition Facts

6 servings per container


  • Amount Per ServingCalories181
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 15.2g 24%
    • Saturated Fat 1.2g 6%
  • Sodium 102mg 5%
  • Potassium 249mg 8%
  • Total Carbohydrate 8.2g 3%
    • Dietary Fiber 2.5g 10%
    • Sugars 3.1g
  • Protein 6.5g 13%

  • Calcium 2%
  • Iron 9%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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